District Lodge 15 Scholarship Program 2023
One of the most important and fun tasks for our District Lodge Executive Board is to award scholarship money to qualified applicants within the district. Local lodges, individual members, and organizations make the awards possible by generously donating funds for the awards.
The 2023 Scholarship Program is outlined below, with Requirements/Instructions and Applications linked below each scholarship explanation. If the applicant has an IEP in place, please contact the Scholarship committee.
If you are 14 years of age or more and meet the requirements, we encourage you to apply. You could be one of the winners of a valuable scholarship in 2023!
The deadline for all scholarships is December 31, 2022.
To print a list of the various Scholarships, click here.
1. ANDREW WENDELL SCHOLARSHIP: SJÖLUNDEN LANGUAGE CAMP
(Award: Camp Tuition and up to $800 reimbursable travel expenses)
A two-week stay at the Swedish Sjölunden camp in Bemidji, Minnesota. Awarded to members children or grandchildren between ages 14 and 18 years at the start of the camp. Sjölunden two-week camps are usually held in July or August. They offer unique opportunities to explore Swedish traditions and culture through food, songs, sports, crafts and total language immersion.
2. BERTHA KALM SCHOLARSHIP: SWEDISH ISLAND LANGUAGE CAMP
(Award: Camp tuition and up to $1,500 reimbursable travel expenses)
A nearly three-week stay at the Swedish Billströmska folkhögskola on the island of Tjörn, approximately 60 km north of Göteborg (Gothenburg), Sweden. Awarded to members, members children or grandchildren of the minimum age of 18 at the start of the camp. This Swedish Language Camp, facilitated by Riksföreningen Sverigekontakt (National Organization Swedencontact), is usually held at the end of July – mid-August. It is a full board program, offering about 100 rooms for participants from Europe and other parts of the world. There are excursions, evening activities and the opportunity for host family visits. Basic knowledge of the Swedish language is required, and participants will be divided into groups of 10-15 based on linguistic levels. This is a great opportunity for a full language-immersion program. For information about the program, please visit http://www.sverigekontakt.se/wp/information-sommarkurs/.
3. ELLEN BERGSTONE SCHOLARSHIP: for ELDERHOSTEL & CULTURAL PROGRAMS
(Award: up to $1,500)
An award given to members 55 years and older, who did not receive an award in the previous year. The scholarship must be used up within two years from when it was given. It may be utilized for a Nordic related cultural program; e.g., the adult Sjölunden camp in Bemidji, Minnesota (usually offered in October) through Elderhostel, or a different Elderhostel program, or a separate program in the U.S., Sweden, or any other Nordic country. Get ideas and information at www.concordialanguagevillages.org (800-450-2214), or www.elderhostel.org (877-426-8056). Any costs over and above the scholarship amount are the responsibility of the award recipients.
4. RAYMOND SANDBERG/SVEA KARLSSON SCHOLARSHIP: for UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
(Award: at least $500 and up to $3,000)
An award available to students who plan to enter or are already enrolled in undergraduate studies at an accredited institution of higher learning. Special funds have been earmarked for Junior College and specifically books and supplies. First-time applicants are given priority, and repeat applicants will be considered based on funds available.
5. RAYMOND SANDBERG/BERHTA KALM SCHOLARSHIP: for GRADUATE STUDIES
(Award: at least $2,500 and up to $4,000)
This award is given to a student who plans to enter or is already enrolled in graduate studies at an accredited institution of higher learning. First-time applicants are given priority, and repeat applicants will be considered based on funds available.
6. RAYMOND JOHNSON SCHOLARSHIP: for MEDICAL STUDIES
(Award: the actual investment income, general range between $2,000 to $6,000)
This scholarship is provided for up to four years if the recipient is enrolled at an accredited institution within the medical field and who plans to study to become a medical doctor, chiropractor, physical therapist, nurse, medical technician, paramedic, etc.
7. CARL G. LINDQUIST SCHOLARSHIP: for VOCATIONAL STUDIES
(Award: at least $1,000 and up to $2,000)
This award given to a student who plans to enter or is already enrolled full- or part time at an accredited vocational, technical, or trade institution. First-time applicants are given priority, and repeat applicants will be considered based on funds available.
Email Kin Lindgren at scholarships@vasaDL15.org
Or call Jennifer at 206.931.6653
2021 Scholarships Awarded:
Congratulations young scholars on your scholarship awards from
the District Lodge Pacific SW No. 15 and from the Grand Lodge.
We wish you the best!
The District awarded $41,350 in scholarships.
Noah Bennett 426-Evening Star $3,000
Emma Chiarelli 616-Golden Valley $2,000
Wenche Eklund 616-Golden Valley $1,500
Maidie Karling 616-Golden Valley $1,500
Linda Kosvic 682-Desert Viking $1,500
Sophia Lent 247-Skandia $3,000
Willem Lent 247-Skandia $3,000
Emmaline Mauritson 247-Skandia $3,350
Jon Erik Moyles 719-Glenn T Seaborg $3,000
Jon Erik Moyles 719-Glenn T Seaborg $3,500
Linda Moyles 719-Glenn T Seaborg $3,500
Carolina Pall 445-Mayflower $3,500
Jillian Risigari-Gai Lopez 247-Skandia $4,000
Flower Vandervelde-Person 685-Oak Leaf $2,000
Marilyn Vik 682-Desert Viking $1,500
Mary Wright 682-Desert Viking $1,500
Emma Chiarelli 616-Golden Valley $1,500
Flower Vandervelde-Person 685-Oak Leaf $1,500
We congratulate the graduates 2021 and that includes those graduating from High School. We wish the best for the future of these scholars and look forward to hearing about their future. Most of the scholars have received awards from the District, Grand Lodge, and in some cases the Vasa Park Association, as well as their own Local Lodges. We thank these organizations and to our benefactors for supporting the scholars.
426-Evening Star – Kaelin Den Hartog
445-Mayflower – Alexander Scott
616-Golden Valley – Lars Heinstedt
682-Desert Viking – Keely MaMacken
426-Evening Star – Edwin “Eddie” Bennett – DDS